Blazing the Freedom Trail, ending prejudice

Given my interest in the Civil War & my novel Soldier’s Heart, an essay in the New Yorker (8/22) re: the Underground Railroad caught my eye. Essayist Kathryn Schulz titled the article “Derailed, The troubling allure of the Underground Railroad”. She worries that creating the historical sites of the Freedom Trail will have the unintended consequence of letting us off the hook too easily. Will we still do the relational work necessary to share our history, or remain separated out, along lines of color and culture?

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York, PA: Sketch portrait of a community

York, PA: Sketch portrait of a community

Note: I shared this essay last year with Louis and Jody Appell because their generosity inspired it. He encouraged me to publish it. Belatedly I am, in memory of Mr. Appell, a remarkable citizen and friend. York, PA is my chosen workplace, worship space and urban seat to my county of residence.
York. What a delicious, complicated paradox of a place.

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Remembrance Holidays & Gratitude

May & June bring to mind our debt to freedom and our armed forces: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day & Juneteenth. Remembrance holidays. Frank and I both have fathers who served in World War II. In honor of those who’ve served Soldier’s Heart will be available at a special sale price-both print & Kindle/e-version on Memorial Day 5/30. Have an upcoming event? We’d like to make Soldier’s Heart available to benefit those who sacrifice much.

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